Dental Therapist

young dental assistant smilingA dental therapist is a licensed oral health professional who practices as part of the dental team to provide educational, clinical and therapeutic patient services. There are two types of dental therapists in Minnesota, one is a traditional licensed Dental Therapist and the other is a licensed Dental Therapist that has met certain criteria and achieved certification for Advanced Dental Therapist distinction. Dental Therapists and Advanced Dental Therapists have a specific scope of practice and are required to have a collaborative management agreement with dentists.

Background and Updates

Educational programs in Minnesota

There are currently two educational programs in Minnesota that offer dental therapy programs:

University of Minnesota Dental School Division of Dental Therapy

Karl Self
Director
612-625-2161
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Metropolitan State University Advanced Dental Therapy Program

Jayne Cernohous
Dental Hygiene Programs Director
651-793-1373
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